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Dr. Fauci Issues Intense New COVID Warning

We aren’t at the finish line yet.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
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While vaccination efforts are underway and millions are getting immunity against COVID-19 every day, we still aren't at the finish line. During an interview with CNN, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases revealed that there are several factors that still need to be kept in mind if we want the pandemic to end, issuing a warning to Americans. Read on for 5 essential pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this urgent news: Here's How You Can Catch COVID Even If You're Vaccinated.

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Vaccine Hesitancy Needs to Be Addressed, Warns Dr. Fauci

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It is crucial to "get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can, as quickly as we possibly can, to get that veil and blanket of protection over the country, over the community and over the country," Dr. Fauci emphasized. "I mean, obviously there is an element of vaccine hesitancy or concern that we need to address. And, you know, the American people are smart. They can figure things out. We give them the data to show that in fact, these vaccines are extraordinarily efficacious and effective in the real world of the community and they're really quite safe."

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Young People Need to Take Vaccination Seriously, Warns Dr. Fauci

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Dr. Fauci also pointed out that young people need to be convinced to be vaccinated, and he offers suggestions on how to tackle the conversation. "You say, first of all, it is quite true that if you're a young, healthy person, the chances of your getting into serious trouble with this infection is really quite low. There's no doubt about that, but it certainly is not zero." He adds that there is the possibility that they could get seriously ill. However, "there's something else that's going on that's really important," he says. "And that is if you get infected and you do not get symptoms, but you do get virus in your nasal pharynx, you could be walking around saying, 'Well, what's the difference? The chances are that I'm not going to get symptoms.' But what you could do inadvertently and innocently is pass this infection onto someone else who could pass it onto someone else who could then get into serious trouble from this infection."

"Since we're in the middle of a really historic pandemic, we've got to realize that we're all in this together so that if you get infected and you pass the virus on to someone else, you could be causing harm to someone else. So it's a combination of protecting yourself—your own personal protection—but also somewhat of a societal responsibility of an individual to make sure they don't help spread this outbreak." 

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Don't Be Afraid of the Vaccines, Says Dr. Fauci

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Fauci also addressed the concern surrounding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and its link to a rare blood clotting disorder, noting that it is an "exceedingly rare complication" that has occurred with six individuals out of 7 million. "That's less than one per million, which means the chances of you getting hit with lightning, are greater than that happening," he pointed out. "It's a very, very rare occurrence." He also pointed out that it should give the Americans confidence in the CDC and FDA, as they paused the administration of it "for something so rare" and that "should give you confidence that we take safety very, very seriously." 

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Pulling Back on Prevention Measures "Prematurely" Could Cost Lives, Says Dr. Fauci

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Dr. Fauci maintains that things will open up eventually, but warns against doing it too soon. "Every one of us has fatigue and we want to get back to normal, but we want to make sure that we don't pull back prematurely," he said. "And if a particular region is really, really, very low and doing really, really well, certainly I think there's going to be a differential in being able to say one can do certain things or not. That's always under consideration. We think about and talk about these things every single day, because we all want to get to the same goal, get the level of infection, really very, very low, get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can, as quickly as we can."

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More People Will Die, Warns Dr. Fauci

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Despite the deaths decreasing, "we're still getting hospitalizations that are at a level that is troublesome," Dr. Fauci points out, and "there is always a lag" with the infection rate, hospitalizations, and deaths. "I think people need to understand if you look at three separate components, people getting infected, people in hospitals, and people dying, there is a lag between the infection" which is generally a few weeks. "The hospitalizations will reflect an increase or a decrease in infections, and then a few weeks after that, the deaths will reflect the hospitalizations a few weeks later. So you're going to still see deaths based on things that happened some time ago," he said. "Every single day, when we get three to four million people vaccinated, we get closer and closer to what inevitably will be a diminution in hospitalizations and a diminution in deaths. No doubt about that. Every single day, we get closer and closer to that. When we vaccinate about 3 million people a day." So get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.